Spokane Chiefs knock off Victoria Royals to begin four game road trip

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The Spokane Chiefs opened a 4 game road trip through British Columbia with a 4-2 win over the Victoria Royals Tuesday night in Victoria, B.C. The win snapped a two game Spokane losing streak and gave the Chiefs a 3-0 record against the Royals this season.

Victoria’s Dakota Conroy opened the scoring just 5:17 into the game to make it 1-0 Royals. Spokane’s Mitch Holmberg countered with his 25th of the season at 12:24 from Collin Valcourt and Mike Aviani to tie the game at one after the first period. Neither team scored in the second frame as Spokane outshot Victoria 25-19 through 2 periods. Spokane killed off 5 Royals power play attempts through two.

Valcourt would notch his 15th goal of the season on a rebound 1:30 of the third period to give Spokane their first lead of the night at 2-1. Brenden Kichton and Marek Kalus picked up the assists. Victoria would even the score on a Jaime Crooks shot at 7:26 of the third to make it 2-2. Blake Gal would notch the game winner at 16:40 of the third from Steve Kuhn and Dylan Walchuk. Corey Baldwin would cap the scoring with his 5th goal of the year on an empty netter at 18:54. Spokane outshot Victoria 33-28 in the game and went a perfect 6-6 on the penalty kill.

Spokane will continue the road trip Wednesday night with their second straight game in Victoria.